San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock

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San Marco (L9893) underway in the Mediterranean Sea on 16 June 2016.JPG
San Marco
Class overview
Name: San Giorgio
Builders: Fincantieri
Cost: $291 million
In commission: 1987-present
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Amphibious transport dock (LPD)
Displacement: 7,650-7,980(+300 on San Giusto) tons
Length: 133 m (436 ft)
Beam: 20.5 m (67 ft)
Propulsion: 2 x Fincantieri GMT A 420.12 diesel engines
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 7,500 nautical miles (13,900 km; 8,600 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Three LCM, three LCVP and a patrol craft
Capacity: 350 men with 30 medium tanks or 36 tracked armoured vehicles
Complement: 17 officers, 163 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
MM/SPQ 702 search radar, SPN-748 navigation radar, Selex RTN-10X fire control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Elettronica SpA ECM/ESM suite
  • 1 × Otobreda 76 mm gun (removed from San Giorgio and San Marco to increase flight deck space)
  • 2 × 20 mm guns.
Aircraft carried: 3 x Sea King SH-3D or 5 x Agusta Bell AB-212 helicopters
Aviation facilities: Flight deck with three landing spots, no hangar (San Giusto is capable to move AB212-sized helicopters to and from the vehicle deck)
  • San Giusto has a full load displacement 300t greater than the other ships in the class
  • Ships in class include: San Giorgio (L9892)
  • San Marco (L9893)
  • San Giusto (L9894)

The San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD)[1][2][3] were built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. These ships can carry a battalion of troops, and up to 36 armored vehicles. The stern floodable dock can accommodate three landing craft and the flight deck has three landing spots. San Giusto is normally employed as a training ship. The ships are based at the Brindisi naval base on the Adriatic coast.


Name Pennant number Builder Commissioned Fate
San Giorgio class
San Giorgio L9892 Fincantieri 1987 In service
San Marco L9893 Fincantieri 1988 In service
San Giusto L9894 Fincantieri 1994 In service
Improved San Giorgio class/BDSL
Kalaat Béni Abbès 474 Fincantieri 2014 In service

Replacement class[edit]

The two oldest vessels of this class are scheduled for replacement. The Italian Navy has received the go-ahead to procure two 21,000/24,000-ton 190-metre (620 ft) long amphibious assault ships (Landing Helicopter Dock), with the possibility of a third ship, configured with extensive aviation facilities (Landing Helicopter Assault).[4]

Improved San Giorgio or Bâtiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique[edit]

On July 2011 the Algerian Navy placed an order with Fincantieri for an improved version of the San Giorgio class amphibious transport ships classified as Bâtiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique (BDSL).[5][6][7] On 8 January 2014 the BDSL was launched on a barge at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Levante. Kalaat Béni-Abbès is set to be fitted with Aster 15 and Aster 30 behind the island superstructure, with one OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapid at the bow and with two 25mm remote weapon stations. The BDSL can accommodate three Landing Craft Mechanized, three small Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel, one large Landing Craft Personnel and two semi-rigid boats. The hangar can accommodate up to 15 armoured vehicles. The crew will consist of 150 sailors while the ship may accommodate a landing force of 440 soldiers.[8][9]


  1. ^ Bishop, Chris; Chris Chant (2004). Aircraft Carriers. London: Summertime Publishing Ltd. p. 223. ISBN 0-7603-2005-5. 'San Giorgio' class Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD) 
  2. ^ "San Giorgio Class Landing Platform Dock (LPD), Italy". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "San Giorgio". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Italy Paves the Way for New Amphibious Assault Vessels". Defence IQ. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Algerian navy orders vessel from Italy". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Riva Trigoso - Taglio della "prima lamiera" per unità algerina" (in Italian). Marina Militare. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bâtiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique: una nave italiana per la marina algerina" (in Italian). Marina Militare. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Italian shipyard Fincantieri launched Algerian Navy future amphibious ship". 10 January 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Italian shipyard Fincantieri delivered amphibious ship Kalaat Beni-Abbes to Algerian Navy". 7 September 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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